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Nurse invents special ‘butterfly’ pillow to aid premature babies

Pillow designed by nurse from Liverpool is to be used throughout Europe in the care of premature babies

Posted: 18 April 2012
by Sophie Westnedge
Butterfly pillow
The 'Butterfly' pillow is designed to help with the care of premature and sick babies

A special ‘butterfly’ pillow, designed by a nurse from Liverpool, is to be used throughout Europe in the care of premature babies.

Ann Parry, who has 30 years of experience as a neonatal nurse, came up with the idea for the pillow while caring for premature babies. The mum-of-two, who works at Liverpool’s Women’s Hospital, used her wealth of knowledge and experience with premature babies to help her to design the prototype for the pillow.

The pillow, which is shaped like butterfly wings, is designed to make premature and sick infants more comfortable, to help keep their airways open and to prevent the condition head flattening which babies can develop through lying in the same position for too long, reports The Liverpool Echo.

“It’s all about nurturing the environment in which we nurse our babies, trying to make them as comfortable as we can,” said Ann. “I had thought for a long time about a way in which we could give their heads better support,” she added.

While Ann’s developed her design she worked alongside the Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust’s Research and Development team and the pillow, which is now patented, is the Trust’s first product to be commercially developed.

“The driving force behind my work is the hope of making a difference for the future progress of developmental care in the UK. I am determined through my project to make a brighter future for all the babies in our care,” said Ann.

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